The Sixers have received permission to interview Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Malone and Utah Jazz assistant Jeff Hornacek for their head-coaching vacancy, according to Yahoo! Sports.  The team is expected to start the interview process next week, sources said.

Hornacek played two seasons (1992-94) with the Sixers in his 14-year NBA playing career. He's been an assistant with the Jazz for two seasons now.

It was previously reported that the team had interest in both Malone and Brian Shaw of the Pacers, and that the team has contacted the Pacers about interviewing Shaw, which will likely happen when Indiana's playoff run ends.

Malone, who is an assistant with the Golden State Warriors, is locked into a playoff series currently with the Denver Nuggets.  The Sixers have been doing a great deal of research on Malone and getting excellent feedback, sources said.

The Sixers will likely interview more than just these names for the job, but they are the early favorites in the hunt for Doug Collins' old gig.  According to the Boston Globe, Aaron McKie is "someone to watch" in the Sixers coaching search.  McKie is currently an assistant on Philadelphia's staff, and formerly played for Philly,Temple and played his high school ball in the city, needless to say he knows both the team and area well.

So Sixers fans, who would you like to see become the next 76ers head coach?